- On May 3, 2021
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(June 2, 1936 – April 29, 2021)
John Charles Wilcher of Bethel Park, PA unexpectedly passed to his heavenly home on April 29, 2021 at the age of 84. John, the son of Charles Albert and Lillias Wilson Wilcher, was born and raised in Braddock, PA. A graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and Slippery Rock University, John led a full and active life from western Pennsylvania to Florida and back. He proudly taught and coached countless young men and women, but most importantly, he loved his devoted wife of almost 66 years, Christine, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For 24 years, he taught math in the Mt. Lebanon school district and was a soccer pioneer in the Pittsburgh area. He brought high school boys and girls soccer programs to Mt. Lebanon, served as the first president of the PA West Soccer Association, and lead the Mt. Lebanon Boys’ Varsity to four WPIAL championships and the PA State Championship. John then became the first head coach of the Allegheny College Women’s Varsity soccer program in Meadville, PA. While he received many coaching awards both regionally and nationally, including induction into several soccer halls of fame, his greatest pride came from watching many former players become soccer coaches too. Whether volunteering to chair a committee at church, to head a campaign for Special Olympics, to serve as a community’s president, or to simply enjoy a round of golf or a hand of poker, John was quick to make friends.
A beloved husband, father and Pap Pap, he is survived by his loving wife, Christine Margaret Wilcher, his five children, Ronald Wilcher, Sandra Smith (Charles), Heather Knuth (Kevin), Julie McCubrey (Everett), Robert Wilcher (Andrea), his nine grandchildren, Lauren White (Grant), Corry Knuth, Ryan Knuth, Jessica Patouillet (Nolan), Everett McCubrey IV (Anna), Alexandra McCubrey, Connor McCubrey (Kelly), Melanie Hannan, Verity Wilcher and his ten great-grandchildren, Grace, Colton, Macalister and Kate White, Harper, Crosby and Willow Patouillet, and Everett, Drews and Henry McCubrey. John is also survived by his brother, Joel Wilcher (Lynn), and sister, Elisabeth Ehrlich. He is preceded in death by his brother Richard Wilcher.
Friends are welcome to visit with the family on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 1-3 pm at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, with a Celebration of Life immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.